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Easy Crockpot Orange Chicken

We were getting ready for church and I posted a pic on Facebook saying "Dinner will be ready when we get home."  By the time I arrived at church I had several folks asking what I was making for dinner.
Crockpot Chicken is a regular in our house.  Hubby likes it.  The kids like it and it's super simple to make.  People laugh when I tell them how easy it is to make.
It's definitely one of those "Set It and Forget It" recipes and it doesn't require a lot of cleanup afterwards.  Can we say "yaaaaaay"!!!
The recipe starts with a dozen drumsticks, minced garlic, San-J Orange Sauce and some honey, if you like honey. At 2 drumsticks a person, you can easily feed a family of 6. Place chicken in a large bowl and pour 1/2 cup of San-J Orange Sauce over the chicken. The Orange Sauce is one of our favorites but any of the San-J sauces work for this recipe Try the Teriyaki, Asian BBQ, Mongolian and Sweet and Tangy sauces and see which one your family prefers.  S…

Ways to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

My heart is heavy with news of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.  Prayers to the families in the affected areas and prayers to those helping the families in the affected areas. I am happy my Texas and Louisiana families are safe and able to volunteer to help those in need. I am praying for others waiting to hear from their beloved family members.
When disasters like this occur people are inclined to want to do something... something to help others. In these days of scams and mistrust, it may be difficult to find a charity you can trust.  However, there are charities and individuals committed to serving and several ways you can help.
Monetary donations are ALWAYS appreciated as money can be used in so many ways. Health and beauty supplies like toothpaste, deodorant, diapers, sanitary napkins, tampons are also appreciated.  I'm anemic and unable to donate blood but for those of you who can donate blood or plasma, the American Red Cross is always in need of blood.  
There are …

TALES OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES WANTED: BEBOP and ROCKSTEADY Coming to @NickelodeonDVD on September 12

TALES OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES WANTED: BEBOP and ROCKSTEADY

PAST MEETS PRESENT WHEN EPISODES OF TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ARRIVE ON DVD TWO MONTHS BEFORE THEIR TELEVISION DEBUT IN THIS TIME-WARPING SPECIAL

Available on DVD September 12, 2017
With Exclusive "Ice Cream Kitty" Animated Music Video
For the first time ever, episodes of Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will arrive on DVD two months before their television debut in Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady, hitting shelves September 12. This clock-stopping and time-hopping special is sure to be an instant favorite among modern day fans as well as superfans of the original 1980's series.

Many thanks to Nickelodeon DVD for the review copy.  We are avid TMNT fans and look forward to every single DVD release.

This thrilling addition to the Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DVD franchise features four time-bending episodes that tests the Turtles both menta…

The Lion King Available NOW On Disney Blu-Ray

Who remembers the first time they saw Disney's The Lion King in theaters?  *raises hand*   The Lion King was recently released from the Disney vault.  On digital earlier this month (Aug. 15th) and now on Blu-ray (Aug. 29th).

We are so excited as we are devout Disney movie watchers and will definitely add this release to our DVD collection. 

The Lion King” joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection with special features including recording sessions, Visualizing a Villain, Inside The Story Room, Nathan and Matthew: The Extended Lion King Conversation and Deleted and Alternate Scenes. Audiences are sure to fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the “Circle of Life.”

“The Lion King” is the fifth title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Dis…

5 Tips to Choosing a Wig

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are mine. If you asked me about a wig a few years ago, my response would have been "OMG, I'd never wear a wig.  They're too hot."  Nowadays, wigs are my goto fashion accessory.  Wigs are a great way to switch up your hairstyle with minimal effort.
Whether it's human hair, synthetic hair, lace front wigs, half wigs, short or long, there is a wig to fit your style.
With so many selections to choose from finding a wig can be daunting but here are a few tips to help making wig buying a little easier.
1.  Purpose. Decide what look you're going for. Are you going to work or releasing your inner Bey?  Wigs are perfect for those transitioning from relaxed to natural hair or those undergoing chemo or persons with alopecia or thinning hair. 
2.  Color.  Are you trying to match your current hair color or trying something totally new?  Either way a wig is a great way to try a new hair color without making a hair color commitment.  I rem…

PAW Patrol: The Great Pirate Rescue! Available on @NickelodeonDVD on September 5 #ad

PAW Patrol: The Great Pirate Rescue! is coming to Nickelodeon DVD on September 5!
It's all paws on deck in Nickelodeon's brand-new DVD collection - PAW Patrol: The Great Pirate Rescue! - available September 5. In this six-episode, swash-buckling adventure, the PAW Patrol take to the high seas for some epic rescues. Fans can join Ryder, Chase and the rest of the gang as they discover a secret pirate cave, embark on a treasure hunt, rescue whales and more. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: The Great Pirate Rescue! will be available on DVD September 5, for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Many thanks to Nickelodeon DVD for providing us with this DVD to review.  The littlest one loves PAW Patrol. He has several t-shirts, toys and even a pair of PAW Patrol tennis shoes.  He never misses an episode.

PAW Patrol: The Great Pirate Rescue! includes the following episodes:
Pups and the Pirate Treasure - The PAW P…

Bedtime for Baby: God Bless My School

The first day of school can be an emotional rollercoaster for little ones.  Excited, yet fearful.  Nervous, but happy.  So many emotions.  

Author Hannah Hall reminds us all to pray for our school, fellow students and teachers in her delightful book, God Bless My School.

Book Description
God Bless My School, the next book in the bestselling God Bless line (with more than 450,000 books sold), introduces young children to all the exciting things that school will bring. 

Perfect for starting daycare, preschool, and kindergarten, this padded board book helps children view school as a fun, cool place to go.

God Bless My School is an ideal read for little ones who are just starting school, whether it's preschool or kindergarten and would make an awesome addition to the church school library.

Many thanks to Booklook for the opportunity to share our thoughts on this delightful read and book in exchange for this review.

Sign Up for Swagbucks and Start Earning Today

It may almost be the end of Summer, but you can still earn big bonuses at Swagbucks, a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a $3 bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 9/1/17. You'll get a $3 (300 SB) bonus for it!

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned gift cards to all of my favorite stores and saved money on all of our back to school needs including clothes, shoes, supplies and more.

If you have any questions about how Swagbucks works, let me know I'm happy to share how it's helped me and my family save money.

August Swago US

Swagbucks is holding their Swago promotion starting Monday, August 28th at 9am PDT! It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it.   

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash!

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus! That's enough for a $5 gift card in their Rewards Store. 

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

5 Tasty Cocktails that Won't Ruin Your Weight Loss Goals #NSNation #ad

Hubby and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary last week and celebrated by going to dinner with friends.

Choosing entrees was a breeze.  Most restaurant menus have a special page featuring healthier entree options and you can always request your meal be prepared a special way.  
Typically we opt for water when eating out but tonight was a special occasion and we wanted to indulge in some festive libations.  We limited ourselves to ONE drink and plenty of water.  Hydration! Hydration!! Hydration!!!

I'm almost at my goal weight and there's no way I'm going to let one celebration knock me off track.  I just have to learn to make better choices.  That's one of the main reasons Nutrisystem is working for me.  If you have been following my weight loss journey you know I am a Nutrisystem Blogger and have been provided the program in exchange for posting about my experiences.  

Nutrisystem IS working for me.  I am LEARNING to make better choices so I stay on track with my wei…

Shopping for THEIR First Car: 5 Tips to Finding the PERFECT Car for Your Teen

This is a sponsored post
I remember my first car.  I bought it from a college student who worked with my parents. I paid a whopping $150.  It was a 19-something powder blue Chevy Vega.  I drove my little car everywhere and you couldn't tell me it didn't look like a Porsche.  
$150 for a car.  You think that's something I remember once I paid $100 for a Chevy Chevette from one of my neighbors.  I drove the heck out of that little car also.  
Flash forward and I'm the parent and my oldest recently earned their learners permits so now it's time to start looking for a car
Fortunately, I come from a long line of knowledgeable car lovers who were ready to drop tips on shopping for the perfect car.  Overall, everyone suggested making sure we bought  a vehicle with air bags but shared a few other things to consider when purchasing a car for teens. Drive It.  Let your kid drive the car a few times before buying.  You want to make sure you kid feels comfortable behind the wheel…

20 Tips to Planning an Outdoor Wedding and a BIG Announcement

20 years ago I said "I do" to an amazing man.  

Hubby and I held our wedding outside at Refugio Valley Park in Hercules, California.  

Holding our wedding outdoors is full of challenges but in the end it is a wedding and everything will be just fine.

If you're thinking of holding your wedding outside there are many things to consider but here are 20 tips to help you plan the most amazing outdoor wedding and keep reading as I have a huge announcement regarding my Nutrisystem journey.

1.  Reserve Your Spot Early...if you can.  The park we held our wedding had a first come, first serve spot when it came to the gazebo.  So we weren't able to reserve the outdoor gazebo area.  I remember Hubby and my uncle leaving before the break of dawn on the day of our wedding to snag our spot.  My uncle stayed at the park to make sure no one got the spot.  

2.  Keep Guests Cool.  Be sure to arrange seats out of the sun.  If trees are available, consider arranging seats under trees to help …

Get $25 to try Gamefly

Swagbucks (the online rewards site that puts cash back in your wallet) has an AMAZING offer through Gamefly where you get 2500 SB (which is the equivalent of $25 in gift cards) for signing up.

Gamefly allows you to rent games for lots of different consoles including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, PS3, PS4, etc, with no late fees ever. Members can also play 100’s of PC games for free! You can try it out for 2 months at a price of $10 AND get 2500 SB by using this link

You must be Swagbucks member to take advantage of this offer. If you haven't tried Swagbucks yet, this is a great time to do it, since you'll get a bonus 300 SB at the beginning of August.

That means you get $28 total (2800 SB) for spending $10 on a 2-month Gamefly subscription!

Oh, The Places You'll Go! Back to School Giveaway Hop #Back2School2017

It's that time of year again.  Time to rise and shine and get the kiddos off to school.

What are your back to school essentials?
   Pencils?
       Crayons?
           Markers?
              Paper?
Here is a listing of back to school essentials.  Many thanks to my teacher friends for helping me compile this list.
 *#2 pencils, at least one box
   *Box of crayons:  8 jumbo- Pre-K thru 1; 16/24 Grades 1 - up
   *Folders in different colors, one for each subject
   *Notebook paper
   *Notebook or journal 
   *Backpack
The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island are back with another fab giveaway hop!  This time over 125 blogs have joined forces to present some wonderful back to school prizes.

We finished our back to school shopping on Tax Free Weekend and saved lots of money on all our back to school essentials.  What about you?

To help offset some of the costs of sending the kiddos back to school Three Boys and an Old Lady has a $25 Walmart gift card up for grabs.
* * * G I V E A W A Y * * *  One lucky Th…

Back to School with BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens #BICGelocity

Smiley360 recently sent me some BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens to try and the timing was perfect.

Here we are in the midst of Back to School Season - you know the season after Summer and just before Everything's Pumpkin (which is one of my favorite seasons).  I received a pack of 3 BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens, an activity sheet and some coupons to share. 
As soon as I opened the pack I was excited to try the pens.  I had to move quickly because I knew once the kids saw them I would never get them back. The 3-pack contained BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry Gel Pens in vibrant pink, pale blue and neon green.  As I started writing our back to school shopping list I thought of all the ways these pens could come in handy.
These pens would be ideal for baby shower invitations or 1st birthday party invitations.  These pens dry quickly so NO smearing!  *tosses confetti* Also, the full grip barrel makes for a super comfortable gel pen and the .7 mm medium point is perfect for writing. 
B…

Get $20 when you sign up for Gillette On Demand

Gillette has an offer through Swagbucks where you get $20 (paid in the form of points called SB) when you make your first purchase through Gillette on Demand. If you make a basic purchase using the "On Demand" option, it will cost you around $10, so you're making $10 on the deal. This offer has limited availability, so you'll want to take advantage of it now.

With Gilette On Demand you can get regular refills for your Gillette razors delivered to your door, or choose the On Demand options and order them whenever you need them just by sending a text! Here's how you take advantage of this offer.

1. Click this link. You must be a Swagbucks member to take advantage of this offer, so if you're new you'll have the opportunity to create your account here, which takes less than 30 seconds.
2. Click "Continue" and make your first Gillette On Demand purchase. 
3. That's it! You should have your points within 30 minutes. You must be a first time Gillette O…